SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

September 18, 2008 09:30 ET

Award Winning Film and Television Director, Producer and Writer Jack Weis Joins Artfest International, Inc.

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTI) announced today that renowned film and television director, producer and writer Jack Weis has joined the Company to produce and direct the programming for the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Art Channel Galleries, Inc. Art Channel Galleries is one of the Company's venues bringing artists and buyers together, in part, through television content.

"After several months of preparation, Artfest is announcing several of its initiatives to bring artists and art enthusiasts together. We have already launched our global social art network,, and now Jack is a great addition to the company as we build and improve upon our television content for Art Channel Galleries and Artfest will bring a variety of film and original television programming to our network," Artfest CEO Edward Vakser stated. "Jack brings both his own expertise and experience as well as a large network of industry experts and distribution relationships to Artfest."

"I encourage everyone with an interest in art to learn more about our Company," Mr. Vakser added. "Now is a ground floor opportunity to get involved in our global art network."

More about Renowned Film and Television Director Jack Weis

Mr. Weis has an extensive major motion picture background having been a director of photography on fourteen feature films. Jack was an I.A.T.S.E. film editor on eight feature films, musically scoring six major motion pictures, two with original scores. Jack is a W.G.A. member having written for television, commercials, documentaries and forty major motion picture scripts. Also, Jack is a Director's Guild of America production manager and director and has personally directed twelve major motion pictures, coproducing twenty. Jack's commercial background includes over one thousand television commercials and numerous documentaries including being a partner in three distribution companies where Jack created and supervised motion picture campaigns as well as supervising leasing sales.

The following are just a few of the major motion pictures that Mr. Weis has been involved with: Live and Let Die; My Name Is Nobody; Mardi Gras Massacre, Crypt Of Dark Secrets; True Grit; Quadroon; Hard Times; Tom Sawyer; Cincinnati Kid and You Never Gave Me Roses.

Global Social Art Network - Rivaling MySpace, Facebook and You Tube

Earlier this week, Artfest announced the launch of its proprietary global social network, the world's first web-based social network dedicated to art in all its forms. MyArtfest will allow independent artists from all over the world to directly present their creations to art enthusiasts. The art community now has a unique venue to both exchange ideas and to buy and sell works of art and associated services. Unlike other social networks, MyArtfest is focused solely on the global art community.

Artfest International expects to generate revenues with MyArtfest through the sale of advertising and marketing space and the collection of fees on art sold through the site. The Company also maintains other lines of business including and Art Channel Galleries.

How to Get Started with MyArtfest

MyArtfest is easy to use and membership is free. To get started, visit and create a profile. Next, simply invite friends and customers to join your network. The only cost to users is when a creation is sold. Similar to Ebay, a small seller's fee will be applied to all sales transactions.

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About Artfest International, Inc. (

Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTI) was founded in 2002 and began publicly trading this year. Artfest connects artists, investors, decorators, designers, private collectors and galleries and prints, markets, and sells limited edition, signed, and numbered fine art and collectibles. It also provides a range of multi-cultural programming, including artist documentaries, live paintings, artist collections, artist interviews, live concerts, and other art centric content. In addition, the company showcases new artists, special exhibits, and celebrity events in various markets in the United States and internationally. It serves various industries of arts, antiques, collectibles, and luxury goods. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Addison, Texas. Artfest subsidiaries are The Art Channel, Inc. (, and Art Channel Galleries, Inc.

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